Kanyakumari district, which lies in the southern most tip of Peninsular India, is famous for its majestic hills, virgin beaches, pristine rivers and meandering rivulets. The district has a fragrance of architecture culture and customs of neighbouring Kerala mixed with the rich deep traditions, culture and architecture of Tamil Nadu. However, for want of promotional campaign and lack of basic amenities most of the tourists coming to this district return back after seeing just Kanyakumari and Padmanabhapuram Palace. It was at this juncture that the district administration decided to take up tourism promotion initiatives in a major way. Attempt has been made to put up basic amenities at the virgin beautiful spots so as to facilitate the inflow of the tourists.
The Padmanabhapuram Palace of Kanyakumari, a symbol of rich cultural heritage, is one of the chief attractions of Tamil Nadu. Padmanabhapuram Palace is located in Padmanabhapuram village of Kanyakumari District, nearby Thuckalay, at a distance of about 15 km from Nagercoil and 55 km from Thiruvananthapuram.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is rated among the top ten palaces in the world. The Rajas of Travancore ruled the city of Travancore from this fort till 1790. Later the capital of Travancore was shifted from Padmanabhapuram to Thiruvananthapuram, situated in the adjacent state of Kerala.
Kanyakumari Beach is a beach destination as well as religious spot located towards the southern-most tip of peninsular India. The sun set and sun rise at Kanyakumari Beach, especially during Chaitrapurnima (full moon days in April), are highly popular among visitors. During Chaitrapurnima, visitors can watch both sunset and moon rise simultaneously at Kanyakumari Beach.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the founder of Ramakrishna Mission. Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built between 1963 and 1970 in red and blue granite. It is situated on the top of a rock island, at a height of about 17 meters above sea level, covering an area of about 6 acres.
Located at a distance of 14 km from the town of Nagercoil at Puliyoorkurichi on the Thiruvananthapuram – Nagercoil National Highway, Udayagiri Fort stands as a remnant of the historic Travancore power.
Udayagiri Fort is an ancient fort which was constructed in 1600 AD. It was later re-built by the Travancore King Marthanda Varma between 1741 – 1744. Udayagiri Fort was an important garrison town for the Travancore kings. Later it came under the control of the East India Company in the 19th century.
|Area||1672 sq kms|
|Temperature||21.4 c – 35.6 c|
|Summer||25.6 c -32.3 c|
|Winter||22.7 c -32.9 c|
|Rain fall||1188 mm|
|Best time to visit||September – May|
|Clothing||Cottons all year round|
|Nearest Railway||Kanniyakumari 0km|
|Nearest Railway||Nagercovil.55 kms|
|Nearest Railway||Thiruvananthapuram 100 kms|
|Nearest Airport||Thiruvananthapuram 100 kms|
|Places to visit||Vivekananda Rock, Gandhi Mandapam, Devi Kanyakumari , Alvar Tirunagari.|